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Make these easy pepper shields to protect kids’ hands from sparklers this Bonfire Night


Easy to make and helps keep everyone safe (Picture: Galactic Fireworks)

As Bonfire Night approaches, you’ve probably already heard the familiar sound of fireworks once the sun goes down.

If you’re planning on getting sparklers and fireworks in for the big celebration, though, safety is paramount.

Particularly if children are present, you should follow all advice from the National Safety Council to ensure everyone enjoys the evening and no one is hurt.

This tip, from Galactic Fireworks, is also an easy way to protect from stray flickers from sparklers, which can reach up to 2,000°C, and cause accidents if not handled correctly.

They’re advising parents to create a sparkler shield for their children, using half a bell pepper. 

The pepper shield helps to protect their little hands, on top of the gloves they’d normally wear.

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To create your shield, simply cut the pepper in half. Then, ensure you place the pepper below the end of the sparkler, so it stops burning before the shield.

The pepper should cover your child’s hands, while the moisture in the veggie (or fruit, depending on who you ask) will put out any sparks that do hit it.

The company has also advised people to keep to the following rules when handling sparklers.

  • When you hold a sparkler, always wear gloves and hold them at arm’s length.
  • An adult should light sparklers one at a time.
  • Once your sparkler is finished, put it in water or a dirt-filled bucket. 
  • Wear closed toe shoes when handling lit sparklers.
  • Don’t give a sparkler to a child under 5 years old.
  • Never throw a sparkler.

The Child Accident Prevention Trust say: ‘Most injuries happen at family bonfire parties or private displays. Understanding the dangers of fireworks can prevent injuries and in some cases save lives.’

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